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SEX-BASED DISCRIMINATION CLAIMS IN ORLANDO

The women’s rights movement scored major victories in the mid-1960s with the passage of federal legislation to prohibit employers from engaging in discrimination based on the gender of a worker. Prior to this time, it was a common occurrence that women would be passed over for employment when applying for an available position because the employer preferred to hire a man. Women who were holding down jobs would often be paid significantly less than their male co-workers, even when they were performing duties that were substantially similar to their colleagues. Furthermore, women would often find themselves being overlooked for promotions based on their gender.

Now that laws are in place to prohibit gender-based discrimination, the incidence of such unfair treatment is less frequent than it was in the past. The laws did not, however, put an end to sex-based discrimination. On the contrary, women in Orlando and throughout the United States are still routinely paid less than men who do the same or similar jobs, and they often find themselves running up against a glass ceiling that prevents them from climbing above a certain level on the corporate ladder. You now have powerful rights against gender discrimination, but these rights will do you little or no good unless you know how to use them and are prepared to exercise them.

GENDER DISCRIMINATION LAWS IN FLORIDA

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII)
The Title VII provisions forbid discrimination on the basis of the race, color, religion, national origin or sex of an employee or job applicant. This law applies to employers with 15 or more employees. A later amendment to Title VII prohibits pregnancy discrimination, in light of the fact that employers will sometimes make discriminatory hiring, promotion or termination decisions based on the fact that a woman is pregnant.

Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA)
The EPA directs employers to pay equal wages to men and women who work in positions that are substantially the same, thereby seeking to close any type of gender pay gap that might otherwise exist within the company. Women in most sectors of the economy are fully capable of performing work on the same level as their male colleagues, and in many cases, they work harder and deserve to be paid fairly for their efforts.

WHAT CAN I WIN IN A SEX DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT IN ORLANDO?

The remedies available in a gender-based discrimination claim depend on the nature of the case and the specific law that applies to the situation. If you prevail in your claim, you may be given an order for injunctive relief to order the employer to cease its discriminatory actions against you and others in your situation. You may additionally be awarded compensatory and punitive damages in payment for the financial losses you have suffered as a result of the discrimination and to give you justice for the wrongs you have suffered. Contact us at the Fisher Legal Group for an initial consultation with an Orlando employment law attorney from our team and to find out how much your case may be worth in a settlement or award of damages.

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